Kingston name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kingston mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Kingston

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Canada says the name Kingston is of American origin and means "Leader/king".
  2. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Kingston is of English origin and means "a great king".
  3. A user from Arkansas, U.S. says the name Kingston means "A great person,leader, and helper".
  4. A user from California, U.S. says the name Kingston is of English origin and means "In line for/about to be king".
  5. A submission from Australia says the name Kingston means "Leader" and is of English origin.
  6. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Kingston is of English origin and means "Worthy of knighthood".
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International Interest
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
The black angel fish. See Angel fish, under Angel.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Capital and largest city of Jamaica
  2. A town in southeast Ontario on Lake Ontario near the head of the Saint Lawrence River
  3. A town on the Hudson River in New York

From Old English Cinges tūn, Cynges tūn (“King's town”), equivalent to king +‎ -s- +‎ -ton.

  1. The capital city of Jamaica.
  2. Places in Australia:
    1. A suburb of Canberra, Australia.
    2. The capital city of Norfolk Island.
    3. A suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia.
    4. The former name of a town in South Australia, now Kingston SE.
    5. A town in Tasmania, Australia; suburb of Tasmania.
    6. A small town in the Shire of Hepburn, Victoria, Australia.
  3. Places in Canada:
    1. A community in Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    2. An unincorporated community in Division No. 1, Subdivision G, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
    3. A village in Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
    4. A city in Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada.
    5. A municipality with community status Prince Edward Island, Canada.
  4. Places in England:
    1. A small village and parish of Cambridgeshire, England.
    2. A civil parish and small village in Devon, England.
    3. A residential area in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
    4. A small settlement in the Isle of Wight, England.
    5. A village and civil parish of Kent, England.
    6. A district of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.
    7. A hamlet in the village of Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset, England.
    8. A small village on Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England.
    9. A town and London borough of Greater London, formally Kingston upon Thames.
  5. Places in New Zealand:
    1. A small town at the south end of Lake Wakatipu, Otago, in the South Island, New Zealand.
    2. A suburb of Wellington, New Zealand.
  6. Places in Scotland:
    1. A hamlet in East Lothian council area, Scotland (OS grid ref NT5482).
    2. An inner city area of Glasgow, Scotland (OS grid ref NS5864).
    3. A coastal village in Moray council area, Scotland (OS grid ref NJ3365).
  7. Places in the United States:
    1. An unincorporated community in Autauga County, Alabama, United States.
    2. An unincorporated community in Madison County, Alabama, United States.
    3. A ghost town in Kings County, California, United States, formerly in Fresno County.
    4. A small city in Bartow County, Georgia, United States.
    5. An unincorporated community in Shoshone County, Idaho, United States.
    6. A village in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States.
    7. An unincorporated community in Adams County, Illinois, United States.
    8. An unincorporated community in Decatur County, Indiana, United States.
    9. An unincorporated community in Des Moines County, Iowa, United States.
    10. An unincorporated community in De Soto Parish, Louisiana, United States.
    11. An unincorporated community in Somerset County, Maryland, United States.
    12. A small city, the county seat of Caldwell County, Missouri, United States.
    13. A coastal town and census-designated place in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States.
    14. A village in Tuscola County, Michigan, United States.
    15. An unincorporated town and census-designated place in Lander County, Nevada, United States.
    16. A town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States.
    17. An unincorporated community and census-designated place in Middlesex County and Franklin County, New Jersey, United States.
    18. A census-designated place in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States.
    19. A city, the county seat of Ulster County, New York, United States.
    20. A town in Ulster County, New York, United States, north of the city.
    21. A village in Ross County, Ohio, United States.
    22. A town in Marshall County, Oklahoma, United States.
    23. An unincorporated community in Linn County, Oregon, United States.
    24. A borough of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States.
    25. A village and census-designated place in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States.
    26. A city, the county seat of Roane County, Tennessee, United States.
    27. A town in Piute County, Utah, United States.
    28. An unincorporated community and census-designated place in Kitsap County, Washington, United States.
    29. A town in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, United States.
    30. A town in Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States.
  8. A surname​.

Kingston was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Kingston

Notable Persons Named Kingston

Kingston Nkhatha

Kingston Nkhatha is a soccer player for the CAPS F.C., Free State Stars F. C., Carara Kicks F.C., Black Leopards F.C., Kaizer Chiefs F.C., SuperSport United F.C., and Zimbabwe national football team. Kingston was born on October 27th, 1985 in Zvimba, Zimbabwe.

Kingston Papie Rhodes

Kingston was born on October 25th, 1942.


Kingston was born on March 13th, 1620. He died on October 21st, 1691.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kingston

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kingston

Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston is an actress. She has been prominent since 1980. Alex was given the name Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston on March 11th, 1963 in Epsom.

Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston is a reggae fusion, hip hop music, dance music, and contemporary r&b musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2004. Sean was given the name Kisean Anderson on February 3rd, 1990 in Miami, Florida, U.S.

Kofi Kingston

Kofi was born on August 14th, 1981 in Kumasi.

Eddie Kingston

Eddie Kingston is a wrestler. Eddie was born on December 12th, 1981 in Yonkers, New York.

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston is a writer. Maxine was given the name Maxine Ting Ting Hong on October 27th, 1940 in Stockton, California.

Jack Kingston

Jack Kingston is a Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference and Republican Conference Vice-Chairman of the United States House of Representatives. Jack was born on April 24th, 1955 in Bryan, Texas.

  • Paul Elden Kingston
  • Charles Kingston
  • William Henry Giles Kingston
  • Robert Charles Kingston
    Military Person
  • Laryea Kingston
    Soccer Player
  • James Kingston
  • Sir William Kingston
  • Natalie Kingston
  • Kevin Kingston
    Rugby Player
  • Winifred Kingston
  • Gertrude Kingston
  • A. Kent Kingston
    Television Presenter
  • Kingston
  • Richard Kingston

Common last names for Kingston

  • Smith

Common first names for Kingston

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • James
  • George
  • Robert
  • Thomas
  • Charles
  • Paul
  • Helen
  • Richard
  • Joseph
  • Dorothy
  • David
  • Harry
  • Arthur

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kingston U.S.
  White 84.35% 64.26%
  African American 9.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.11% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kingston

People with the last name Kingston are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kingston

  • What name lists does Kingston rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kingston? Kingston is the 1,391st most popular name of all time. As a last name Kingston was the 4,998th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kingston have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 30,549 babies born with the first name Kingston in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kingston to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kingston? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kingston first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kingston is Friday, June 1st, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Kingston born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kingston was in 2018 with a total of 3,350 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kingston!
  • Random Kingston Factoid: According to the 2018 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kingston ranks 79th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 126 babies in Virginia have the same name in 2018.
  • Weird things about the name Kingston: The name spelled backwards is Notsgnik. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Tgsnnkio. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kingston? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,033 people with the last name Kingston.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kingston? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Kingston as their last name.
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